Gone are the days when only good food or great ambience used to work as a U.S.P. for a restaurant to be successful. In the age of advancement it could be just about anything, like today’s feature which is Kinbuck 2, located in P block, Connaught place. The differentiating factor is parking space of more than hundred cars in a park located just behind them.
Flipping through a bit of geography shows that Kinbuck is a small town located in Scotland, which had a Bistro by same name.That’s where the owners of this place went and were highly moved, hence the name, which literally means a second Kinbuck. The place is under careful watch of expat chef Anay Mukherjee who has spent years in Lebanon and England and even boasts of serving the royal family in Britain.
I was a guest on board with TWCI (The Writers Collective of India) to try the all-new Roman curations with a mix of Lebanese.The menu was extensive, and I was unwilling to leave anything untried so I stuck to only bite size portions which still left me in dreamy state. The first thing on the table was Toba, which is cured lamb leg, which was succulent and well complimented with some assorted breads from across the globe. A specific type that stood out was the Dutch bread, which is slowly baked for almost a day till it develops the cracks over it automatically as an escape vent for the air trapped inside – it’s called The Tiger bread.
Next in line were Prawn Tempura’s which were beautifully fried with great crunchy crusts, followed by chicken Chatak-Matak and Chicken Shish Kawab – both the meats had mild flavours and were cooked in a way that would put the finest of restaurants to shame.
What came next cast a certain spell on me – Ardei-Umpluti, which is a form of stuffed bell-peppers; one variant of vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian. The bell-pepper was shining in all its glory and could be torn apart with one slit of a knife, and the stuffing just worked magic.
It was a quick trip to Japan with the assorted sushi but the excessive wasabi already rubbed on the sushi got my flight back to senses through Timbuktu where my brain froze for almost a minute. The next thing being plated was Sarmale, which is stuffed cabbage roll with sour cream that tasted average only because the multiple rolls of complete cabbage leaves didn’t work that well as a complete package.
The last order was Piftie, which was stuffed chicken breast; it made me a complete couch potato for the next 2 hours and I could not even dare to flip on the dessert section. The whole experience can be summed in an easy statement that the chef knows his meat very well and can do wonders with it.
The PLF for the place is 1600 for 2, they can be contacted on (011)33105528 and the suggestive orders are prawn tempura, Ardei-umpluti & Piftie.